Vanilla Bean Sampler Pack and Glass Jar Giveaway

I am a serious vanilla fanatic and these vanilla beans from Beanilla are simply the best I’ve ever used.

High quality, fresh, soft, supple, fragrant, and perfect for any of my vanilla bean needs.

I used Beanilla vanilla beans when I made Homemade Vanilla Extract

One lucky winner will win a generous sampler back from Beanilla which includes the following:

5 Madagascar Vanilla Beans – Madagascar Vanilla Beans are superior, with flavor and aromatic qualities that make these beans the most popular and sought after vanilla variety. The flavor is a rich, dark and creamy with an overwhelming sweet, buttery aroma. These are well suited for many baking recipes, drinks and desserts. Many consider Madagascar Vanilla Beans to be the best in the world.

5 Bourbon Vanilla Beans – Bourbon vanilla from Papua New Guinea (PNG) comes from the fruit of an orchid variety called Vanilla Planifolia and is rich in the natural organic compound called vanillin. Bourbon beans have a creamy, sweet, smooth and mellow flavor. Bourbon vanilla has a traditional flavor and is a popular type of vanilla. Use Bourbon vanilla for applications that require a traditional vanilla flavor.

5 Tahitian (Papua New Guinea) Vanilla Beans – Tahitian vanilla beans from Papua New Guinea (PNG) are generally shorter, plumper, and contain a much higher oil and water content than Bourbon beans. The aroma is flowery, fruity and anisic with a smooth flavor. They are often described as smelling like licorice, cherries, or wine. Gourmet pastry chefs love to work with the Tahitian (Tahitensis) variety, which are perfect for many applications.

Also included in the giveaway is this 8.5-ounce Clear Glass Bottle with Swingtop – The perfect solution for all of your vanilla infusions. Add 5 vanilla beans, 1 cup (8 ounces) vodka (or bourbon, rum, or brandy), seal, shake, and wait a few months – that’s it.

I used the swingtop bottle when making vanilla extract. It’s the perfect fit for 5 beans and 1 cup alcohol.

I love vanilla extract and tend to use at least double what most recipes call for.

My food tastes wonderful but all that heavy-handed vanilla pouring isn’t great for my wallet.

Once you start making your own, you’ll never want storebought again. It saves money, it’s more flavorful, and you can keep the vanilla extract-brewing cycle going by simply topping off the jar with additional vodka, or infusion liquid of choice, as you use your homemade vanilla and from time to time swap out the old beans for new to keep the extract flavorful.

Homemade vanilla extract also makes for a thoughtful gift that everyone uses, that costs you very little in terms of money on an ounce-for-ounce, gift-for-gift basis, and is virtually effortless on your part. Sounds like my kind of gift.

Some of my favorite recipes using vanilla extract include:

Puffy Vanilla and Peanut Butter Chip Cookies – These puffy, easy, cookies are intensely vanilla-flavored, just the way I like things

Baked Vanilla Donuts with Vanilla Glaze – Vanilla is used twice, both in the donuts and in the glaze, and if you’ve never made donuts before they’re extremely easy and fast. The batter can be baked as muffins rather than donuts if you don’t have a donut pan

Banana Bread with Vanilla Browned Butter Glaze – I used vanilla four ways, yes four, in this bread. I love it. No mixer is required, just one bowl, and it’s my favorite banana bread recipe of all time. It’s the jumping off recipe for all other banana-based bread and cake recipes I make

Caramel and Chocolate Gooey Bars (GF with Vegan adaptation) – I use vanilla twice when making these gooey, rich, easy bars. Full of caramel, chocolate, chewy oats, and vanilla. Keep the napkins handy

Homemade Peanut Butter (vegan, GF) – I add a heavy-handed stream of vanilla extract to my homemade peanut butter, which takes just 5 minutes to make. Homemade peanut butter, like vanilla, is another thing that once you start making it on your own, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been doing this your whole life because it’s so easy and ridiculously good

Spiced Apple and Banana Bundt Cake with Vanilla Caramel Glaze – This is my favorite frosting of all time. It’s caramely, rich, and has an incredible depth of flavor and vanilla plays a starring role in it. The cake is good, but the vanilla-caramel glaze is heavenly

Comment below to enter to win this Beanilla Vanilla Bean Sampler Pack and Glass Jar Giveaway:

1. What’s your favorite way to use vanilla? (recipe links welcome and encouraged)


How would you first use the vanilla beans? (recipe links welcome and encouraged)

2. For a second entry, Twitter Follow @AverieCooks and and then tweet the following:

Win a Vanilla Beans Sampler Pack & Glass Jar in the @AverieCooks @Beanilla Giveaway

3. For extra entries and you must leave a separate comment for each (please don’t do these ‘just’ for the giveaway and then unsubscribe or unfollow immediately):

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Contest ends Tuesday, November 6, 2012 and winner will be chosen randomly. Open to continental U.S. residents only.

Reminder to enter the Pure Vanilla Cookbook Giveaway, open until 11/6


518 Responses to “Vanilla Bean Sampler Pack and Glass Jar Giveaway”

  1. alli — November 5, 2012 at 9:21 am (#

    vanilla bean ice cream!

  2. Jillian — November 5, 2012 at 10:00 am (#
  3. Jillian — November 5, 2012 at 10:01 am (#

    Liked on facebook!

  4. Jillian — November 5, 2012 at 10:02 am (#

    I follow on twitter!

  5. Jennifer Osborn — November 5, 2012 at 10:13 am (#

    Since it’s the holiday season, I would probably use a vanilla bean in my spritz cookie recipe or possibly try my hand at making vanilla pudding. My son has always been a big vanilla kid, even as a baby. He always chose vanilla over chocolate.
    I keep meaning to order beans and make my own extract but it keeps falling off my to-do list.

  6. Lex — November 5, 2012 at 10:25 am (#

    I absolutely adore chocolate chip oatmeal cookies with a very heavy dose of vanilla! Fresh orange-yolked eggs, homemade extract, the whole nine yards. So goooood.

  7. Jen @ Savory Simple — November 5, 2012 at 12:13 pm (#

    What a fantastic giveaway!!! I’m a minimalist when it comes to good quality vanilla beans. Let em shine. I go for creme anglaise sauces or maybe vanilla ice cream with a touch of bourbon.

  8. Jen @ Savory Simple — November 5, 2012 at 12:14 pm (#

    I follow you on Twitter and tweeted the giveaway!

  9. Jen @ Savory Simple — November 5, 2012 at 12:14 pm (#

    I like you on Facebook!

  10. liz — November 5, 2012 at 12:22 pm (#

    Love adding vanilla to my protein pancakes and homemade almond butter! Would love to make my own.

  11. liz — November 5, 2012 at 12:41 pm (#

    Pinterest follower!

  12. liz — November 5, 2012 at 12:47 pm (#

    Facebook follower!

  13. liz — November 5, 2012 at 12:52 pm (#

    Pinned your peanut butter white chocolate chip cookies…cant wait to try this week!

  14. Janine O — November 5, 2012 at 1:21 pm (#

    I use vanilla for homemade coffee creamer and put it oatmeal. My daughter uses less sugar in her oatmeal that has been flavored with vanilla. I’d love to make my own vanilla extract!

  15. Catherine Armour — November 5, 2012 at 3:23 pm (#

    My favorite way to use it is in backing, but it’s also good when I add it to my coffee in the morning…mmm

  16. Hannah — November 5, 2012 at 3:52 pm (#

    I think the first thing that I would like to make is some vanilla ice cream using Jeni Britton Bauer’s recipe. Yum!

  17. Anya — November 5, 2012 at 4:12 pm (#

    I would love to make some homemade vanilla extract! :)

  18. jennifer esparza — November 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm (#

    i would love to win this! i never knew you could do this!

  19. Mallory — November 5, 2012 at 5:09 pm (#

    I would love some fresh vanilla beans! They are hard to find around here. I have been dying to make baileys, vanilla salt, and creme brulee. Soo good!

  20. Mallory — November 5, 2012 at 5:10 pm (#

    I repinned the oatmeal choco chip cookie and commented. SO good. Also, i liked beanilla.

  21. Jena — November 5, 2012 at 5:29 pm (#

    The first thing I would make with these wonderful beans would be chocolate chip cookies–I rarely ever add the beans to cookies because they’re so expensive but the cookie turns out ridiculously good…

  22. Jena — November 5, 2012 at 5:46 pm (#

    Also, just added the e-mail updates :)

  23. Gail B — November 5, 2012 at 11:16 pm (#

    Love vanilla beans in ice cream!

  24. Gail B — November 5, 2012 at 11:17 pm (#

    already follow on FB…

  25. Gail B — November 5, 2012 at 11:18 pm (#

    following you in pinterest…

  26. Gail B — November 5, 2012 at 11:19 pm (#

    pinned you :)

  27. Gail B — November 5, 2012 at 11:20 pm (#

    following Beanilla on FB. LOVE this give away! Thank you for the chance. I can already smell the vanilla on my scratch and sniff puter :)

  28. Gail B — November 5, 2012 at 11:20 pm (#

    getting e-mail updates from you too

  29. Francesca — November 6, 2012 at 4:10 am (#

    I love to use vanilla in homemade coffee creamer.

  30. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — November 6, 2012 at 4:16 am (#

    I already follow Beanilla on twitter

  31. Mom24.4evermom — November 6, 2012 at 4:49 am (#

    I would love to win this! My favorite way to use vanilla is to make rice pudding for my guys, currently I use a recipe from Good Housekeeping,, but I’m excited to try the one from Sarabeth’s Bakery, it combines rice pudding with creme anglaise. Heaven!

  32. Mom24.4evermom — November 6, 2012 at 4:51 am (#

    I’m following you on Twitter and I tweeted.

  33. Mom24.4evermom — November 6, 2012 at 4:53 am (#

    I get your RSS.

  34. Mom24.4evermom — November 6, 2012 at 4:54 am (#

    I’m following you on Pinterest and have repinned your recipes.

  35. Mom24.4evermom — November 6, 2012 at 4:54 am (#

    I’m following Beanilla on Twitter.

  36. Mom24.4evermom — November 6, 2012 at 4:55 am (#

    I’m following Averie Cooks on FB.

  37. Mom24.4evermom — November 6, 2012 at 4:56 am (#

    I liked Beanilla on FB.

  38. Chelsea @ Chelsea's Health — November 6, 2012 at 6:51 am (#

    I love Mexican vanilla in baking. I would love to try the vanilla beans for something different.

  39. Ed — November 6, 2012 at 7:52 am (#

    Home made vanilla by far is the best all around!

  40. Sara — November 6, 2012 at 7:56 am (#

    I would love to try making my own extract!

  41. Sara — November 6, 2012 at 7:56 am (#

    I subscribe to your feed!

  42. Sara — November 6, 2012 at 7:56 am (#

    I follow you on pinterest!

  43. barbara n — November 6, 2012 at 10:41 am (#

    I use vanilla beans or vanilla extract when I make creme bruele

  44. barbara n — November 6, 2012 at 10:42 am (#

    I am an email subscriber to averie cooks

  45. Maria — November 6, 2012 at 11:36 am (#

    I love to add vanilla to my smoothies.

  46. Maria — November 6, 2012 at 11:37 am (#

    I like you on Facebook.

  47. Carissa — November 6, 2012 at 12:01 pm (#

    Oh, wow! Those beans look amazing!

    I use vanilla in all of my baking, of course, but I especially love it in my oatmeal (which I eat several times per week). My favorite combo of late has been rolled oats, ground flaxseed, vanilla, raw sugar, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice (another favorite spice/flavoring) vanilla soy milk, and walnuts. So good and good for you!

    I’ve never worked with vanilla beans before, but would LOVE to make my own vanilla extract. And perhaps a vegan vanilla bean coconut milk ice cream. Mmmmmm…

  48. Yasmin — November 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm (#

    I put vanilla in almost everything…but I love them in my oatmeal chocolate chip cookies :)

  49. Kathy Earhart — November 6, 2012 at 6:14 pm (#

    My favorite recipe to use vanilla is my grandmother’s chocolate chip cookies. They are soft, filled with chocolate chips & nuts and always use a heavy dose of vanilla.

    I would love to make my own vanilla! I never knew you could! I’ve got the vodka just need the beans :)

    Can’t wait to see what you are baking next!

  50. Louis — November 6, 2012 at 6:41 pm (#

    I use both beans and extract in homemade Vanilla Ice cream.

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